Chinese Green Beans with Ground Turkey over Rice

Chinese Green Beans with Ground Turkey over Rice #healthy #dinner

I’ve mentioned that we live in San Francisco and are surrounded by AMAZING Asian cuisine, so we’re pretty picky about our Chinese food. At first I thought ground turkey in an Asian-inspired dish seemed peculiar, but then I remembered having something similar that had ground pork instead. Pork. Turkey. What’s the difference, right? I’m so glad I decided to try these Chinese Green Beans with Ground Turkey because this meal was delicious! To make it even better, this dinner takes less than 30 minutes to prepare!

Chinese Green Beans with Ground Turkey over Rice #healthy #dinner

Adapted from recipes from The Lemon Bowl and Cook Snap Savour.

5.0 from 2 reviews
Chinese Green Beans with Ground Turkey over Rice
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Try this healthy, new way to use ground turkey. Crisp green beans and Asian flavors make this 30-minute meal rival Chinese takeout!
Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Asian
Serves: 3-4
  • 1 c. medium grain rice, uncooked
  • 1 tbsp. sesame oil
  • 1 small bunch green onions, sliced thin
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced or crushed
  • 1 lb. ground turkey
  • 2 tbsp. chili garlic sauce
  • 2 tbsp. hoisin sauce
  • 1 tsp. crushed ginger
  • 1 lb. washed and trimmed green beans (or Chinese long beans if available)
  • 1 tbsp. soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp. seasoned rice vinegar
  1. Start rice cooking in lightly salted water.
  2. When rice is about 15 minutes from done, heat large skillet over high heat. Add sesame oil, and sauté green onions and garlic for about 2 minutes. Stir in ground turkey and sauté 3-5 minutes, until meat is mostly cooked. Crumble meat as much as possible.
  3. Stir in chili garlic sauce, hoisin sauce, and ginger. Add green beans and soy sauce, and stir to coat. Continue cooking over high heat for 7-9 minutes longer, stirring frequently, until beans are slightly tender.
  4. Stir in rice vinegar, and cook one minute longer. Serve over cooked rice.

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    • The Weary Chef says

      Thanks, Carrie! I was a little surprised how good it was just because I don’t usually think of turkey for stir fry.

  1. cookingwithcurls says

    We love Asian food! I have never had it with ground turkey, but I’m will to give it a shot :) Awesome photo!!!

  2. says

    This looks really great! I don’t eat beef so I am always looking for different recipes that include ground turkey instead of ground beef. I’m pinning this!

    • The Weary Chef says

      Thanks, Paula! I was used to using my Sony camera in manual mode, so that helps, but the controls are different so there’s still a learning curve. It’s hard to spend time learning a new camera when you just want to take your picture and eat! ;)

  3. Chrystal Thurston says

    I usually but a whole turkey when it’s super cheap and then figure out what to do with it later. Since it’s so close to the holidays I didn’t want to make my regulars and this sounds wonderful. But we are on a super tight budget too, I was wondering if I could use Sriracha Chili sauce and if that is the chili garlic sauce you are referring too? Also I only have rice vinegar in the house what is the seasoned kind seasoned with, could I just add seasonings to it? Thank you.
    We tried your Bacon Cheddar Ranch Burgers with Parmesan Ranch Chips last night. Great burger a new staple in our house but I wasn’t able to get the dry buttermilk powder at my grocery and I may have left out the Parmesan because they were a little flat. But I will try them again when I can get the buttermilk and be SURE to add the Parmesan. lol

    • Andi says

      Hi, Chrystal. I’m sorry for not replying sooner! I got sidetracked researching alternatives to the chili garlic sauce and seasoned rice vinegar and forgot to actually respond. I think you will still enjoy the turkey and green beans if you make some substitutions. Just give it a taste and see if it might need extra garlic, soy sauce, salt, or something like that if it seems too plain.

      The powdered buttermilk seems pricey, I think $4 or $5 for the canister, but it ends up being much cheaper than buying ranch dressing packets. I’ve used it a lot and still have probably half left! I’m so happy you liked the burgers. Thanks a lot for your comment and questions :)

  4. Heather says

    LOVE this recipe! I never thought ground turkey could turn in to something so flavorful! Can you list the nutrition content by chance?

    • Andi says

      Thank you, Heather! Unfortunately, I don’t usually calculate the nutritional value of my recipes because I don’t have an easy way to do it. I know I saw a site once where you could paste in recipe ingredients and calculate the nutritional facts, but I can’t find it again. I’ll look again and email you if I find it. Thanks again for your sweet comment :)

  5. Alisha says

    Made this last night and it was so tasty! I switched out the white rice with brown and added some cooked lentils for added nutrients. Thanks for the recipe!

    • Andi says

      Hi, Alisha! I’m so glad you liked it, and I really appreciate that you took the time to come back and let me know. Lentils in the rice sound great. I’ve started to switch mostly to brown rice too. It took me a while to get used to it, but now I actually prefer the chewy texture. Thanks for your comment :)

  6. Chrystal Thurston says

    I have made so many of your recipes and we LOVE them! Yours is my go to site when I am looking for ideas. But although this one tasted great it was very dry any idea where I went wrong? I’d love to make it again but my hubby must have sauce/gravy for his rice. Any suggestions would be appreciated and thanks for all your hard work on the site, I LOVE it!

    • Andi says

      Hi, Chrystal. Thank you so much for this sweet message! I appreciate it so much!

      I can understand wanting more sauce. Here’s what I would do: Add 2 tbsp. more of hoisin sauce. At the end of cooking, stir 1 tbsp. corn starch into 1/4 c. cold water, and stir that into the skillet. That should give you a bit more sauce, and you could stir in up to another 1/4 c. water to thin it more. Give it a taste and add a little more soy sauce or chili sauce if needed. I haven’t tried this, but I think it will turn out the way you want. Have a good weekend!

  7. says

    Tried this for dinner last night and it met *every* one’s stamp approval. It was delicious and it was easy and even the picky eaters raved over it. What more can you ask?

    I used frozen whole green beans and just cooked them until hot.

    Thanks for an amazing recipe.

  8. Jen says

    This looks really great, but I’m wondering about the heat factor. I have two little guys that will eat almost anything, and can even deal with a little heat, but not a lot. Any thoughts on the chili garlic sauce or substitutions for such to bring it down a bit?

    • Andi says

      Hi, Jen! You could just double the hoisin sauce and leave out the chili garlic sauce. It’s not that spicy as written, but I understand what you mean. My boys won’t eat food if there is even a hint of spiciness! I hope you like the recipe :)

  9. Wendi says

    So unbelievably delish! My turkey to bean ratio was off…with more beans (Costco giant pack). So I upped the hoisin, soy and vinegar. Perfect! Spicy, but not burn-off-your-mouth-so-you-can’t-eat-another-bite spicy (yes, I am baby when it comes to spicy). Didn’t miss the beef at all. Thanks for a perfect, inexpensive twist in our meal plan!!

    • Andi says

      Wow, Wendi! Thanks so much for this rave review! You made me want to make this again this week. It’s a favorite around here too, but I haven’t gotten around to making it in a while. Hope you’ve had a nice weekend :)

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